Today was a very welcome Teachers training day for the boys and for me. With my husband still having to go to work we decided to try and have a fun day. I saw on the Internet this morning that 'The Gruffalo's Child' was showing at our local theatre, Basingstoke's Haymarket, and decided straight away to take them for their first theatrical experience. I am crazy about theatre, especially musicals and i want the boys to love it to.
The Gruffalo’s Child is the sequel to the hugely popular Gruffalo which saw a mouse outwit a big hairy monster. The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s Child are repeatedly requested at bedtime in our house and we know the words off by heart. When i told the boys we were going, their faces were beaming with excitement.
The show at Basingstoke Haymarket theatre was really very good, exactly as children’s storytelling should be, and they even get the kids to interact in-between scenes which in my opinion is essential to prevent the kids from getting bored and causing mayhem. There were a few little ones though that screamed the whole way through and repeatedly escaping from the theatre. Hats off to the actors for not being distracted by this.
The script sticks fairly close to the original story but to duplicate it would make it considerably shorter than an hour (I can whip through a bedtime story in about four minutes), so there’s additional dialogue and songs. The cast of three were excellent, the boys favourite being the mouse, who bounds around the stage like a hyperactive excitable little girl, getting the laughs, and starting the show running up and down the aisles, begging for cheese.
The Gruffalo’s Child is certainly worth seeing. It’s a loving re-creation of the book and the song and dance routines are going to be rein-acted around our house for the next few weeks.